Salahuddin’s 2nd son held by NIA
During probe, his involvement in raising, receiving, collecting funds from terrorist organisations through its active cadres from Saudi Arabia also surfaced.
Srinagar: Tightening its noose in the terror funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Hizb-ul Mujahideen supreme commander and United Jihad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin’s second son — Syed Shakeel Ahmad Shah — from his residence at Rambagh in Srinagar on Thursday.
The arrest of the 48-year-old Shah, a laboratory technician at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, comes 10 months after NIA arrested his younger brother, Syed Shahid Yousuf in the same case.
“The case pertains to transfer of funds through hawala channels by Pakistan-based terrorists to Jammu and Kashmir, in a criminal conspiracy hatched with some operatives in India. This is in a bid to fuel and fund the secessionist and terrorist activities in J&K,” said NIA, adding Ghulam Mohammed Bhat alias Abdul Rehman and three others were charge-sheeted in 2011 in the same case. “In October 2017, Yousuf, the younger son of accused Salahuddin was arrested by NIA, as he had received funds from Hizbul-Mujahideen from abroad. In this case, so far, three accused persons — Mohommad Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga — have been convicted after they pleaded guilty,” said the NIA.
Last year, Salahuddin, who is based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, was declared `Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the United States.
“He (Shah) had received money through Western Union several times which were sent by absconding charge-sheeted accused Aijaz Ahmad Bhat alias Aijaz Maqbool Bhat,” said the NIA. Shah is being brought to Delhi where he would be produced before the NIA Special Court for seeking his police custody for custodial interrogation.
The move was condemned by Joint Resistance Leadership, who termed the arrest a “political witch hunt”.